Oil flask (lekythos)
Greek, South Italian
Late Classical Period
about 360–350 B.C.
Place of Manufacture: Italy, Apulia
Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 023.
Height: 11.2 cm (4 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ceramic, Red Figure
Not On View
Trumpet mouth, short flaring neck, depressed globular body, base ring; handle from neck to shoulder. Intact.
On the body is a youth seated to left on a folded cloak, holding a cista in his right hand, a staff in his left. His wreath and the knots on his staff are in added white.
There is a palmette beneath the handle and one on either side of it. Rays circle the lower neck. The groundline is a band of dotted egg-pattern. The underside of the foot and the fillet between the foot and body are painted with added red.
(text from Vase-Painting in Italy, catalogue entry no. 23)
By date unknown: Charles Deering Collection; by date unknown: Barbara Deering Danielson Collection; gift of Barbara Deering Danielson to MFA, December 8, 1982
Gift of Barbara Deering Danielson